When our children start to struggle in school, it’s tempting to think that something significant is wrong: Maybe they aren’t cut out for the advanced classes they’re enrolled in Maybe their friends are a bad influence and affecting their grades Maybe we need to drop everything, get them a tutor and double down on study

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When most of us sit down to read through our son or daughter’s report card at the end of the quarter, we generally use it to get an idea of how well they’re doing. They come home with an “A” and we think: “Wow, they must really be getting this stuff.” The come home with

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Most school nights play out as if they were cribbed right out of a family sitcom script. Mom: “Hi Nick, did you get your math homework done after you got home from school like you said you would?” Nick: *Looking up from his Xbox controller* “Oh it’s not that much, so it’ll only take me

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For the last few years, I’ve had the privilege of serving on the Washington DC board of the International Dyslexia Association. One of my fellow board members, Sonya Atkinson, gave a fantastic presentation called “A Guide to Creating Your Digital Backpack.” In it she shared a wealth of information about using technology to become more

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Any parent familiar with the nightly homework struggle knows that where homework gets done can become just a much of an issue as when homework gets done. So a common set of questions we often get from parents is: “Are there any best places to do homework? And where should we avoid?” In this post,

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Given that there are so many “non-public” schools in our area, you might be wondering: What is an independent school? And how is it different than traditional private school? We’ll break this down explore the differences between independent and other private schools in this post. Understanding The Terms: Private vs. Independent To start, let’s examine

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The question “why is math so hard?” is one we come across so often with the parents and students we work with, it’s become almost a given. We hear things like: “My son just doesn’t seem to ‘take’ to math. He’s just like his mom.” “Why is it that even when my daughter really ‘buckles

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As a parent, at one point or another you may have found yourself telling your child something along the lines of: “If you get an ‘A’ on your Biology test, I’ll take you shopping,” Or: “Clean your room and you get to play video games for an hour.” Now, on the face of it, rewards

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Needless to say, having administered the SSAT test to hundreds of students in the Northern Virginia area, I get asked about SSAT scores… a lot! And of the questions about the SSAT I usually receive, among the most common include: “What score does my child need to get into ____ school?” “What should my daughter

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If you want to write a high school application essay that is worth reading; one that your audience will remember: Forget everything you’ve ever learned about writing an essay. Okay, I may be being a bit melodramatic. You still need appropriate grammar, syntax, spelling, and formatting. But as for the generic boring cluster that begins

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